The Visitors to the Japan Foundation (2013-2014)

March 10 – March 14, 2014

Mr. Shigeo Iwatani, Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
Mr. Feng Chen, Deputy Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat
Mr. Jong-heon Lee, Deputy Secretary-General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat

Photo of Mr. Shigeo Iwatani, Mr. Feng Chen and Mr. Jong-heon Lee

The board members of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, Mr. Shigeo Iwatani, Secretary-General (second from right), Mr. Feng Chen, Deputy Secretary-General (left), and Mr. Jong-heon Lee, Deputy Secretary-General (right)paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on cultural exchanges among the three countries: Japan, China, and Korea.

March 10 – March 14, 2014

Ms. Lahpai Seng Raw, Founder and Former Director, the Metta Development Foundation

Photo of Ms. Lahpai Seng Raw

Ms. Lahpai Seng Raw, Founder and Former Director of the Metta Development Foundation (right) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation. In June 2012, the Government of Japan dispatched a cultural/sports exchange mission, consisting of experts from various fields, to Myanmar. The Japan Foundation cooperated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on this mission and takes initiatives in carrying out cultural exchange activities of respective fields. By taking the occasion of the public lecture “A Persistent Search for Inclusive Peace” at the Japan Foundation, Ms. Seng Raw and Ando shared their views for further development of cultural exchange between the two countries.

March 3 – March 7, 2014

Mr. Gergely Prőhle , Deputy State Secretary for EU Bilateral Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
Ms. Edit Bátorfi Szilágyiné, Deputy Head of Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
Ms. Györgyi Juhász Ph.D, Counsellor, Embassy of Hungary in Tokyo

Photo of Mr. Gergely Prőhle, Ms. Edit Bátorfi Szilágyiné and Ms. Györgyi Juhász 

Mr. Gergely Prőhle, Deputy State Secretary for EU Bilateral Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary (third from left), Ms. Edit Bátorfi Szilágyiné, Deputy Head of Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary (third from right), and Ms. Györgyi Juhász Ph.D, Counsellor, Embassy of Hungary in Tokyo (second from right)paid a courtesy call on Eiji Taguchi, Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation. During the call, the Foundation’s commemorative events, which have been planned for V4 plus Japan Exchange Year 2014, were introduced. Also, they exchanged their views on cultural exchange between Japan and the Eastern European countries including Hungary.

February 10 – February 14, 2014

H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs Department

Photo of H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan

H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan (left) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information about last year's "40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation", and shared their views towards the "WA Project" on which the Japan Foundation will be newly engaged.

February 10 – February 14, 2014

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the "U.S. Young Researchers Invitation" Program

Photo of KAKEHASHI Project Participants

The Japan Foundation has carried out the KAKEHASHI Project, the "U.S. Young Researchers Invitation" Program and welcomed 10 participants from the Heritage Foundation> in the United States. They came to visit the Japan Foundation for an orientation (the above picture with Professor Machiko Osawa, Japan Women's University, and Hiroshi Kawamura, Administrative Vice President of the Japan Foundation, in the center). During their stay in Japan, the participants visited relevant institutions including government ministries and think tanks in Tokyo, and shared the opinions with key figures in the fields of politics, diplomacy, technology and security policy. Furthermore, they visited Kyoto and Uji to deepen historical understanding of Japan as well as enriching cultural experience.

January 27 – January 31, 2014

Dr. Steven Engelsman, Director of Weltmuseum Wien
Mr. Peter Storer, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Austrian Embassy Tokyo

Photo of Dr. Steven Engelsman and Mr. Peter Storer

Dr. Steven Engelsman, Director of Weltmuseum Wien (left) and Mr. Peter Storer, Minister for Cultural Affairs at the Austrian Embassy Tokyo (right) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation. Dr. Engelsman introduced the museum's future plan to repair and exhibit the architectural model of Japanese 'daimyo (feudal lord)' residence, which was once displayed at the 1873 World Exposition in Vienna and is now in the museum's collection. Also, he talked about the re-opening of the museum in 2016 after the complete renovation.

January 6 – January 10, 2014

Ms. Chizu Suzuki

Photo of Ms. Chizu Suzuki

The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and organized a variety of commemorative programs with the donation given from the individuals and companies. Among such supportive contributors, Ms. Chizu Suzuki (right) made generous donation for the Rome performance of "Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki" in autumn 2013. Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation, reported the success of the performance and presented her a certificate of appreciation.

December 16 – 20, 2013

Participants of the Invitation Program for U.S. Experts on Asian Affairs and the panelists of the round table discussion

Photo of participants of the Invitation Program for U.S. Experts on Asian Affairs and the panelists of the round table discussion

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership has carried out the Invitation Program for U.S. Experts on Asian Affairs. This December, six members of U.S.-based experts, who work at the forefront of research on Asian affairs, visited Japan. With the aim of creating network opportunities and promoting mutual understanding between a wide range of people in Japan and the U.S., the program participants met and exchanged their views with government officials, academics, businessmen, and NPOs staff members, who play a leading role in their respective areas, as well as Asian policy makers and its researchers in Japan.


First launched as part of the initiative of “strengthening the exchange between Japan and U.S. for further deepening the Japan-U.S. Alliance,” announced at the Japan-U.S. summit meeting in November 2010, the program this past December was the third time. This group photo above was taken on the occasion of the roundtable discussion at the Japan Foundation, with Eiji Taguchi, Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation (seventh from right; center).

November 25 – November 29, 2013

Mr. Roberto Cota, President of Piedmont Region
Mr. Piero Fassino, Mayor of Turin
H.E. Mr. Domenico Giorgi, Italian Ambassador to Japan

Photo of Mr. Roberto Cota, Mr. Piero Fassino and H.E. Mr. Domenico Giorgi

Mr. Roberto Cota, President of Piedmont Region (second from left), Mr. Piero Fassino, Mayor of Turin (right), H.E. Mr. Domenico Giorgi, Italian Ambassador of Italy to Japan (left)paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation (second from right).Mr. Cota and Mr. Fassiono introduced that several 2015 Expo related events are scheduled to be held in the region of Piedmont where the city of Turin is situated, when the Expo Milano 2015 will take place in Milano, Italy, located close to Turin. They also exchanged their views on further cooperation between the regions and the Japan Foundation.

November 25 – November 29, 2013

Mr. Stephen L. Salyer
President & Chief Executive Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar

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Mr. Stephen L. Salyer, the President & Chief Executive Officer of Salzburg Global Seminar (center) paid a courtesy call on Eiji Taguchi, Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation (left). They exchanged the views on further cooperation as the Japan Foundation has been supporting seminars on common global issues held by Salzburg Global Seminar over the years.

November 18 – November 22, 2013

Panelists of the International Symposium:
"North Africa and Japan in the 21st Century: Creating a Society of Peace and Coexistence through International Cultural Exchange"

Photo of Panelists of the International Symposium

Panelists of the International Symposium: "North Africa and Japan in the 21st Century: Creating a Society of Peace and Coexistence through International Cultural Exchange" paid a courtesy call to the Japan Foundation. Taking this opportunity, it is expected that the cultural and grassroots exchanges between North Africa and Japan will be more active in order to build multi-dimensional mutual understanding and empathy in two regions.

Photo: (from left to right) Junichi Shimizu, Managing Director of the Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department, the Japan Foundation, Mr. Mohamed AIT Lachguer, Editor Principal in Chief, National Society of Radio and Television (SNRT), Morocco, Mr. Abdulbaset Mohamed Ben Geth, International News Reporter, International News Dept., Libya's State News Agency "LANA", Libya, Dr. Tarek Ben Bechir Chehidi, Coordinator, African Development Bank (AFDB), Tunisia, Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation, Mr. Ahmed Mustafa Hafez, Charged' affairs, League of Arab States Mission in Beijing, Egypt, Dr. Smail Debeche, Professor, the University of Algiers III, Algeria, Ms. Noura Kort, Radio Host and Coordinator, Radio Tunis Chaîne Internationale, National Radio, Tunisia)

November 18 – November 22, 2013

Delegation of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Delegation of 9 administrative officials including H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ali Mohamed Zainal Al Bastaki, an Assistant Undersecretary of Community Affairs of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs in the United Arab Emirates and the head of delegation (right) paid a courtesy call on Eiji Taguchi, Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation (left).
They exchanged the views mainly on the structure and the systems of the Japan Foundation, and its programs for Intellectual Exchange.

October 14 – October 18, 2013

Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

Photo of Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski

Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland (right) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation (left). They exchanged their views in order to intensify bilateral cultural exchanges and multilateral cultural exchanges among the Visegrad Group (V4) plus Japan in response to the designation of "V4 plus Japan Exchange Year 2014".

(The Visegrad Group (also known as the "Visegrad Four" or "V4") is the regional cooperation framework among the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. V stands for Visegrad in Hungary where the Visegrad Group was formed in 1991.)

September 2 – September 6, 2013

Ms. Teresa Woo-Paw, Associate Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, the Government of Alberta, Canada

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Ms. Teresa Woo-Paw, Associate Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, the Government of Alberta, Canada (third from the right) paid a courtesy call on Tomoyuki Sakurai (third from the left), the Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged their views and information about cultural exchanges and Japanese-language educations in and around the Province as the Foundation dispatches a Japanese-Language Senior Specialist to the Province.

August 18 - August 27, 2013

Participants of the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders 2013

Photo of Participants of the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders 2013

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, in collaboration with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), has carried out the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders 2013, and this year welcomed fifteen graduate students from the member institutions of APSIA schools in the US and two advisors including Dr. Mary M. McCarthy, an Associate Professor at Drake University. They came to visit the Japan Foundation for an orientation (the above picture with Eiji Taguchi, Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation, front row third from the left ).
During their stay in Japan, the participants visited relevant institutions including government ministries in Tokyo, shared the opinions with key figures in the fields of politics, diplomacy, security and energy policy. Furthermore, they visited the disaster-affected areas (Iwanuma City and Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture) of the Great East Japan Earthquake and witnessed the ongoing reconstruction efforts. They also visited Hiroshima and Miyajima to experience the Peace Studies as well as cultural excursions.

July 29 – August 2, 2013

Mrs. Akie Abe, First Lady of Japan

Photo of Mrs. Akie Abe

Japan’s first lady Mrs. Akie Abe (front row, center) paid a call at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa , located in Saitama City. Mrs. Abe observed the Institute’s training program class designed for Japanese-language teachers, and also had a gathering with students (front row) of the Graduate Programs in Japanese Language and Culture (Master’s Course and Doctoral Course) that the Institute implements in collaboration with the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

July 22 – July 26, 2013

Mr. Abul Kalam Azad, Minister of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh

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Mr. Abul Kalam Azad, Minister of Cultural Affairs, People’s Republic of Bangladesh (third from right) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged their views and information about cultural exchanges between the two countries, such as “Bangladesh Project” held in Setouchi Triennale 2013 , for which over 100 participating artists and craftsmen have visited Japan.

July 8 – July 12, 2013

Participants of the Invitational Group Tour Program for U.S. Educators 2013

Photo of Participants of the Invitational Group Tour Program for U.S. Educators 2013

The Japan Foundation has carried out the Invitational Group Tour Program for U.S. Educators, and in this year welcomed 14 participants of educational leaders, including superintendents and principals of elementary and secondary education institutions and government officials in the United States. During their stay in Japan, the participants conducted exchange activities with Japanese teachers and students in the elementary and high schools, and also shared their opinions with local educators and administrators. Furthermore, they visited the disaster-affected areas (Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures) of the Great East Japan Earthquake and witnessed the ongoing reconstruction efforts. They also had a gathering with the students who went to the United States through the Kizuna (bond) Project, a youth exchange project launched with the aim of giving support to the 2011 earthquake recovery efforts. Through this invitational program, it is expected to newly establish and expand Japanese-language courses in the U.S. education scene; to strengthen administrative support for Japanese-language education at the elementary and secondary levels; and therefore to further deepen the ties between Japan and the United States.

June 17 – 21, 2013

Dr. Sergey Chugrov, Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Dr. Liubov Karelova, Senior Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences

Photo of Dr. Sergey Chugrov and Dr. Liubov Karelova

Dr. Sergey Chugrov, Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (left), who specializes in political culture of Japan, and Dr. Liubov Karelova, Senior Researcher of Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences (center), who researches in the history of Japanese and Russian political thought, paid a visit to Eiji Taguchi, Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation. They currently conduct their research activities in Japan under the Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship, and at this occasion exchanged their views on academic exchange between the two countries.

May 7 – May 10, 2013

H.E. Ms. Mohau N. Pheko, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Japan

Photo of H.E. Ms. Mohau N. Pheko

H.E. Ms. Mohau N. Pheko, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Japan (right) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation. They shared their views for further development of cultural exchange between the two countries by taking the occasion of the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD V in this coming June.

May 7 – May 10, 2013

Ms. Jocelyn Dela Rosa Andaya, Director III, Bureau of Secondary Education, Department of Education, Philippines

Photo of Ms. Jocelyn Dela Rosa Andaya

Ms. Jocelyn Dela Rosa Andaya, Director III, Bureau of Secondary Education, Department of Education, Philippines (right) visited the Headquarters and Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa of the Japan Foundation, coinciding with the Intensive Training Program for Secondary School Teachers of Japanese-Language from the Philippines.Ms. Andaya met at the Headquarters Eiji Taguchi, Executive Vice President of the Foundation (left), and at the Institute its Executive Director Suzuko Nishihara, and exchanged their views on Japanese-language education in the Philippines.

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